Getting bifocals? These helpful tips will ensure you adjust quickly

Updated on April 16, 2021

As we age, our vision changes, and while it can be frustrating, there are plenty of visual options, frames and solutions that will help make the transition easier and even improve your quality of life. One such solution is bifocal lenses. Investing in a pair of bifocal readers is considered a better option than a simple pair of traditional drug store readers. These lenses are specifically tailored to your needs and your prescription, helping you adjust to your presbyopia and live life to the fullest.

How do bifocals work?

Bifocal lenses are a corrective solution for individuals who are struggling with presbyopia – which is the gradual loss of the eye’s ability to focus on close objects. A classic symptom of this condition having to hold items away from your face so you can focus better. These clever lenses provide two prescriptions in one. Look closely at a bifocal lens and you’ll see a line in the centre. The lens above this line is for normal distance focusing, while the area below the line is for near focus, helping you read, focus on a book or a screen. Bifocals eliminate the need for two different kinds of glasses, making life much easier and convenient.

Is there an adjustment period?

With bifocals, there is an adjustment period, and the length of this time varies from person to person, but with some perseverance you can expect to get used to them within a couple of weeks. As these lenses change the way we perceive depth, they can lead to balance problems or even stumbling upstairs or when visiting new places. If you’re someone who is already unstable on their feet, then it might be worth taking things slowly or have a family member support you whilst you get used to these lenses.

What are the side effects?

Side effects from bifocals vary from person to person, however, the most common side effects range from:

–          Blurred vision: Common as you adjust to the difference in the prescriptions

–          Headaches: As your eyes get used to the change they may feel a little strained and tired, leading to headaches.

–          Nausea: Feeling sickly can be attributed to the quick changes in your focus.

–          Balance issues: As mentioned above, adjusting to depths and focus can lead to stumbling.

Tips for adjusting?

Thankfully, these side effects don’t impact everyone, and even if they do, it’s only for a few days or possibly weeks. To help with your adjustment, consider the following tips…

–          Build up your tolerance to these new lenses by wearing them an hour at a time each day and slowly increasing your wear time.

–          Don’t switch between your new bifocals and your old glasses as this may worsen the side effects.

–          Ensure your bifocals are fitted correctly and don’t slip down your face. This will ensure that you’re looking through the right part of the lens at the appropriate time.

–          If you’re still struggling to adjust after a few weeks, reach out to an optometrist for further advice.

Final thoughts…

As we age it’s important that we take our vision seriously. Switching to bifocals will give you clearer vision and a better quality of life.

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